Windows 7 EOL January 15, 2020

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Windows 7 is reaching its End Of Life this month (aka soon).  If you're still running that OS, you're facing the debate on whether or not to upgrade to Windows 10.

Some personal and professional establishments enjoy that version, have business apps that run on that version, they are asking themselves the same question.

Here is some information about that.



Windows 7 will keep working come January 15. However, now that Microsoft won’t be releasing any more security updates for the operating system, it’s true that Windows 7 will be more vulnerable to attack. No question there.

Read more by clicking the source link above.

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  • CiaranCiaran Administrator Posts: 820
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    @kltaylor thanks for the update, very useful.
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  • kltaylorkltaylor Moderator, Beta Tester Posts: 1,188
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    @Ciaran My pleasure!
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    Ciaran
  • MarcMarc Moderator, Beta Tester Posts: 1,281
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    edited January 17
    Windows 7 came out in 2009, 11 years ago. That's multiple lifetimes in this big bad tech world of ours.  If you are running this and you have the option, either upgrade to Windows 10 asap OR move to a different operating system of your choosing.  There are so many choices nowadays so there should be some way more secure OS you can choose instead. 
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  • rootedrooted Gulf Coast, USModerator Posts: 729
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    edited January 21

    I haven't used Windows much in the past 15 or so years and haven't missed it, it's unfortunate though as Windows 7 was the culmination of NT based Windows and a gem among the various other iterations.

    It may be time for people to give Linux a try, I suggest Linux Mint for those who are not interested in "upgrading" to Windows 10.

  • mozarellamozarella Member, Beta Tester Posts: 103
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    Why Windows 7 will be unsecure suddenly? Ok, Bugs won't be closed anymore. But if every one is upgrading to Windows 10, Windows 7 will be more secure because it's not interesting for hackers anymore, rite?
    Anyway, Upgrading to Windows 10 will be expensive, because people need to buy a Windows 10 license. Upgrading and activating without buying a license will be illegal due to license limitations. The free time is over already.
    So there are several methods (in my eyes) to upgrade to a maintained system:
    - upgrade to Windows 10 in buying a license and upgrade
    - buy a new PC including Windows 10
    - upgrade to a linux based system (i'm using Linux Mint and am happy with that)
    - upgrade to / buy a Mac. If considering in buying new hardware, Mac is also a possibility

    Other way, keep Windows 7 running, keep virus-scan and browser up to date. Once virus-scan and browser is not supporting that system anymore, it's really needed to switch to another system.
    Another idea, i'm reducing ads with pi-hole. In Office, we are using firewall and proxy-systems with virus-scan built in. So internet-traffic is scanned for viruses already, before this will arrive the workstations. Spam is detected with online appliance before reaching our network.
    There are more methods to keep a system secure, not just patch-management.
  • rootedrooted Gulf Coast, USModerator Posts: 729
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    It's not about viruses, it's about remote exploits. And now more than ever hackers will target Windows 7 because they know whatever exploit they find will never be fixed and be exploitable indeterminately.

    New exploits are found almost every week.

  • MarcMarc Moderator, Beta Tester Posts: 1,281
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    Technically you can still upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 for free.  Microsoft seems to still allow it though does not advertise it. See this from cnet...  
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  • mozarellamozarella Member, Beta Tester Posts: 103
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    @Marc technically yes, but the license says sth different. Not all what is technical working, is legal.
  • JohnJohn Member Posts: 108
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    I don't think Microsoft much care who pays for windows 10, so long as everyone gets on it (hence the loophole to get the free upgrade).  Their revenue is much more sustained by things like Azure and O365 / M365 than a one time purchase of win 10.
    Marc
  • kltaylorkltaylor Moderator, Beta Tester Posts: 1,188
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    Here's another proverbial nail in the Windows 7 coffin:

    (Source)

    Microsoft has thrown a curveball at Windows 7 PCs after delivering its final patch this Patch Tuesday. Not only will be there no more free security updates, but the company's last update has reportedly blacked out the Windows 7 screen's background, meaning unsupported PCs no longer have wallpapers. 

    So if you're still running Windows 7, download and install that last patch, you will experience a black wallpaper color.  Just.  Amazing.
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  • rootedrooted Gulf Coast, USModerator Posts: 729
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    Yeah I read this article earlier, the fix being uninstall the update.

    kltaylor
  • kltaylorkltaylor Moderator, Beta Tester Posts: 1,188
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    ...and yet, another newsworthy story regarding WIndows 7:

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    Last winter, Microsoft announced that Windows 7 would reach its end-of-life on January 14th, 2020. In other words, the company will not be releasing any updates for the operating system -- even crucial security patches -- after that date. The public had nearly a year to make the move to Windows 10, but Germany's government didn't upgrade in time. According to German newspaper Handelsblatt, the German Federal Ministry has at least 33,000 computers still running Windows 7 and, as a result, will have to pay Microsoft about $887,000 in extended security update fees.

    Microsoft offers extended security updates to enterprise and business clients, but at a hefty price -- ZDNet reported that the company will charge $50 per machine during the first year of end-of-life support and that the price will increase after each additional year. When an organization has tens of thousands of computers, those fees add up quickly.

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  • MarcMarc Moderator, Beta Tester Posts: 1,281
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    From what I’ve read elsewhere, the consensus is If Microsoft didn’t want it, they would have shut it down as it’s not exactly a secret. Now if I was a corporation or business, I would steer clear. Consumers, not so much.

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    kltaylor
  • rootedrooted Gulf Coast, USModerator Posts: 729
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    I read that previously and wondered did that $50/per apply to your regular home user if they were so inclined or if only corporate clients were able to receive the updates.
  • MarcMarc Moderator, Beta Tester Posts: 1,281
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    Home users are left out of that one.  It was/is for corporate only.
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  • kltaylorkltaylor Moderator, Beta Tester Posts: 1,188
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    Just saw this on my newsfeed, sounds like it could be worth investigating into:

    You can still get Windows 7 updates without paying a penny to Microsoft

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    But, actually, there is another option for home users, and it does not involve paying any money to Microsoft. We're talking micropatches. Specifically, we're talking about micropatches from 0patch. We've covered the work of this company in the past, including its recent fix for the Internet Explorer vulnerability.

    0patch describes itself as "a microscopic solution for a huge security problem", issuing fixes for software faster than official developers, and it has pledged to continue to support Windows 7. Following on from what it did with Microsoft Office Equation Editor, 0patch has already announced that it is going to "security-adopt" Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008.
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  • MarcMarc Moderator, Beta Tester Posts: 1,281
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    Best advice is to move on...  Choose ANY up to date OS but get off of Windows 7 as soon as you can...  This particular solution is still going to cost you.

    From the article @kltaylor ;

    "Using 0patch mean that you don't have to pay out a penny to Microsoft, but it doesn't necessarily mean that you will be able to keep Windows 7 updated and secure free of charge. 0patch offers three service tiers -- Free, Pro and Enterprise. The Free tier, obviously, doesn't cost anything, but no Windows 7 patches are guaranteed to be released for free. The company explains:

    0patch FREE will continue to be available and we'll continue to add select micropatches to the FREE plan but we need to emphasize that 0patch FREE is by no means a suitable method for keeping Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 reasonably secure after their EOS."

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    Ciaran
  • rootedrooted Gulf Coast, USModerator Posts: 729
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    Or keep your Windows 7 machine and simply disconnect it from the Internet, continue using the software you need on your OS of choice with that one huge caveat.

    Ciaran
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